For Immediate Release - June 17, 2013

Massachusetts Barbers Board Announces Enforcement Actions Against Four Individuals

BOSTON - The Board of Registration of Barbers today announced enforcement actions against the following individuals:

Wilma Lewis, Fall River

By final decision and order by default, the Board ordered that Lewis’ right to renew her barber shop license be revoked and that she pay a fine of $200. The Board found that Lewis’ shop, Straight Edge Barber Shop in Fall River, was operating with an expired license and an employee of the Straight Edge Barber Shop was working with a lapsed license.

Jose Cermeno, Fall River

By final decision and order by default, the Board ordered that Cermeno’s license to practice be revoked and that he pay a fine of $300. The Board found that Cermeno was operating an unlicensed barber shop, Joey’s Red Carpet, in Fall River with an individual at the shop providing barbering services without a license.

Jean Altenor, Everett

By final decision and order by default, the Board assessed Altenor a $300 fine for operating Lou Diamond Barber Shop in Malden without a shop license, with an unlicensed employee, and with unsanitary conditions.

Pedro Peralta, Methuen

The Board entered into a consent agreement with Peralta, resolving allegations that during an inspection of Hair Distinction Barber Shop in Lawrence, Board investigators found an individual working with an expired barber license as well as unsanitary conditions. Peralta’s licenses to practice in the barbering profession were put on probation for a period of nine months. Peralta was also ordered to pay a $700 fine.

Barber professionals work closely with the public and are regulated by the Board of Registration of Barbers. The Board also sets the curricula requirements and regulates the schools which train candidates for this occupation. The Board protects the health and safety of the public by maintaining high standards for the industry. The Board currently licenses approximately 6,242 barbers, shops, instructors and schools in the Commonwealth.

The Division of Professional Licensure is a regulatory agency within the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation. The agency is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance and the integrity of the licensing process for more than 370,000 licensees in trades and professions under the jurisdiction of 31 boards of registration. DPL also licenses and regulates private occupational schools.

Consumers are urged to visit the DPL’s website at www.mass.gov/dpl and select the “Check a Professional’s License” link to determine whether a professional with whom they may do business is licensed and in good standing. Follow DPL on Twitter @MassDPL.

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